The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor is getting an update for the new model year, sticking with the go-anywhere-fast mantra but upgrading the shocks, tech, and cabin. Hardly shy and retiring already, the V6 EcoBoost powered performance pickup has carved out a niche for itself among those who prize truck utility with 450 horsepower.
For 2019, that horsepower is going to be even more useful, Ford promises. The big change is to the suspension, with the introduction of exclusive FOX Racing Shox with a new Live Valve technology. A collaboration between the Raptor team and FOX, it keeps the 13-inch front suspension travel and 13.9-inch rear travel, but adds a new adjustable damping system.
The 2018 truck used variable damping that was based on wheel travel. The 2019 Raptor, however, uses sensors in the suspension and the body to adapt the compression rates being used in real-time, depending on the terrain being crossed. That, Ford says, pays dividends in handling and comfort, and also helps avoid bottoming out in more aggressive off-road conditions.
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